GASTONIA - Frank David Brannon Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
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He was born in Mooresville on Nov. 6, 1925.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Vickery Brannon, daughter, Paige Terry and husband Tim, daughter-in-law, Angel Brannon, and grandsons, Joshua Sawyer and wife Andra, David Brannon, III and Luke Brannon, and granddaughters, Marina Terry, and Brooke Free and husband Sabin Free, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Jean Mills and husband Paul Mills.
He was preceded in death by his son, Frank David Brannon Jr., father, Goley Brannon and mother, Maude Brannon, brother, Max Brannon, and sisters Carmel Collins, Garnell Gabriel, and Alliene Clodfelter.
Mr. Brannon was inducted into the Army in WWII and served in the 99th Infantry. He served in the European Theater and fought at Remagen Bridge, Ruhr Pocket and Battle of the Bulge. He was a rifleman in the Gaston County WWII Last Man Club until he was not physically able to participate. He believed that he survived the war because he was not a Christian at the time and his mother prayed continually for his safety.
After the war, Mr. Brannon obtained a degree in accounting and worked for Jefferson Standard Life insurance Company as a traveling auditor and later as finance director for several spinning mills in the area. In 1981 he established a sales organization, Filter Queen of the Carolinas, Inc., and became Healthmor's No. 10 Regional Distributor with offices in SC, NC, and TN. He closed his business in 1998.
Mr. Brannon was a member of Sandy Plains Baptist Church, and was always active in church in whatever city he lived, serving as deacon, Sunday School teacher, on committees and in other ways. He loved his Lord, his church, and his fellow man. He particularly loved gospel music and after he became homebound he could spend hours listening to gospel music and viewing Bill Gaither's Homecoming DVDs. Mr. Brannon was a de-voted Christian gentleman, a loving and faithful husband, and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. He was generous to a fault with those around him and with anyone in need of his help. He was a good neighbor and a good and loyal friend.
Mr. Brannon's family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Family Life Center of Sandy Plains Baptist Church.
A service to celebrate Mr. Brannon's life will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Hensley officiating.
Interment will be at Evergreen "A Quiet Place", with Military Honors provided by The Gaston County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sandy Plains Baptist Church building fund,5323 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056, Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia NC 28054, or the
, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC., 20090-6011.
Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Brannon family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 20, 2014